Notes You May Have Missed Vol. 1
Published on the last Thursday of each month, Notes You May Have Missed features selected notes from the past and present.
These notes serve as an introduction for new readers of N.A.H. and as a recap for regular visitors.
“I hold a belief that we are all connected as a part of a larger human family. However, certain attitudes and systems have been set in place that can cause us to have experiences that make us believe otherwise.
Certain attitudes and systems that are set in place can cause us to have experiences in which we feel devalued, unaccepted, disconnected…as if we are not a part of that family at all.
I want to name those attitudes and systems. I want to deconstruct them…”
“Each of us may be going to something, or leaving something behind, at different times, and for different reasons. Some may give us warm feelings, while others may cause us sorrow.”
“If we are to be engaged in intersectional and transformative social justice work, whether we are engaged in working for the liberation of our own marginalized identities, or in collaboration with others to work toward their liberation, it is also important to acknowledge that multiple realities exist and can be held and examined simultaneously.”
“As a Black man in America, I honestly share that I am in a state of rage almost all of the time.”
“Sometimes I think in order for us to change, we need to be uncomfortable. We need to be able to feel the impact of how our actions impact others. The experience of this person being rescued reminded me of a time when my own actions (or inactions in this case) were harmful and I was not rescued.”
Thank you for your readership and sharing.
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW